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Edtech Insiders

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At Edtech Insiders, we interview founders, investors, operators, educators, and thought leaders about the future of education technology. You’ll hear from leaders across the education technology industry and learn about all of the important edtech trends happening globally.
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The Evolution of Google for Education with Shantanu Sinha

Shantanu Sinha is the VP and GM of Google for Education. In addition to bringing Google products like Workspace to schools, Shantanu and his team build educational products such as Google Classroom, which helps over 150 million students, teachers and education leaders across classrooms around the world, and new experiences such as Practice Sets and Read Along, that demonstrate the power of artificial intelligence for teaching and learning.Before Google, Shantanu was the founding President and Chief Operating Officer at Khan Academy, where he teamed up with college roommate Sal Khan to build an organization that helped make personalized learning globally accessible and free. Shantanu is also a founding board member of Khan Lab School, where all three of his children attend school.Shantanu has leveraged his strategy and operations expertise from his time at McKinsey & Company, along with his background in computer science, math, and brain cognitive sciences from MIT, to make an impact in an area he is most passionate about: education. Follow @ShantanuKSinha.Recommended Resources:📚 Google Keyword blog🌐 Google for Education website 🔗 @Shantanu Sinha on Linkedin, @ShantanuKSinha on X
5/16/202429 minutes, 37 seconds
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Special Episode: Generative AI in Education, Learn from the Pioneers with Ben Kornell of Edtech Insiders, Amanda Bickerstaff of AI for Education and Charles Foster & Steve Shapiro of Finetune at SXSW EDU, March 2024

Missed the live panel at SXSW EDU? Tune in to our special episode where Ben Kornell of Edtech Insiders hosts a compelling discussion with AI thought leaders Amanda Bickerstaff of AI for Education, Charles Foster, and Steve Shapiro from Finetune. Since ChatGPT's launch in November 2022, these trailblazers have been integrating generative AI into educational contexts, pioneering new approaches and solutions.Revisit their insightful conversation on the innovative applications they're spearheading, and the exciting opportunities and significant challenges ahead for educational technology. This recorded session offers valuable perspectives for educators, tech enthusiasts, and anyone interested in the future intersection of AI and education. Don't miss out on these expert insights—perfect for those keen on understanding where education technology is headed next!
5/7/20241 hour, 1 minute, 14 seconds
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Week in Edtech 3/27/2024: OpenAI Pitching Sora to Hollywood, Spotify in EdTech, LAUSD's AI Chatbot "Ed", Universities Build Their Own ChatGPT-like Tools and More! Plus Special Guest, Betsy Corcoran of Lede Labs

In this episode of Week in Edtech, Alex and Michelle discuss:1. AIOpenAI is pitching Sora to Hollywoodon a Hollywood charm offensive before launching its Sora video generatorAI May Be Coming for Standardized TestingTeachers Desperately Need AI Training. How Many Are Getting It? 2. BigTechSpotify Throws Its Hat in the Edtech Ring3. K-12K-12 Hybrid Schooling Is in High DemandSteve Daly from Instructure on “Learning Deserts”LAUSD bets big on AI chatbot “Ed"4. EdtechGoStudent, now profitableMcGraw Hill Introduces ALEKS Adventure5. Higher EdUniversities Build Their Own ChatGPT-like Tools6. M&A & FundingPackback Raises Funding From PSG EquityGG4L Secures $18M In Capital FundingCornerstone Acquires TalespinSmartschool raises $1.5M for AI test prepSpecial Guest:Betsy Corcoran, Lede Labs
4/2/20241 hour, 3 minutes, 1 second
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Week in Edtech 3/20/2024: OpenAI's Humanoid Robot: Figure 01, NVIDIA Launches Latest AI Chips: Blackwell, Google's Gemini for the iPhone, Elon and xAI Open-Source Grok and More! Feat. Pat Yongpradit of Code.org & TeachAI and Quinn Taber of Immerse

In this episode of Week in Edtech, Alex and Ben discuss:1. AIOpenAI ChatGPT + Humanoid Robot = Figure01NVIDIA Launches Latest AI Chips and Software at Developer ConferenceApple in talks with Google to embed Google Gemini behind AI features in the iPhoneApple Quietly Launches First Multimodal AI Model, MM1Elon Musk and xAI open-source Grok2. K12Ed launches in LAUSD3. Higher EdThe SAT Is Coming Back At Some Colleges. It’s Stressing Everyone Out.4. WorkforceUdacity is acquired by AccentureSpecial Guests:Pat Yongpradit, Code.org & TeachAIQuinn Taber, Immerse
3/27/20241 hour, 3 minutes, 36 seconds
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Shaping the Future Of Learning: Sam Altman on AI in Education

Edtech Insiders joined the first Common Sense Summit on America's Kids and Families hosted by Common Sense Media at Pier 27 in San Francisco on January 28–30.The conference brought together advocates, researchers, youth leaders, policymakers, and other experts to take stock of America's kids and families and explore solutions to the most pressing issues across four core topic areas: kids and technology, youth mental health, early childhood education, and K–12 education. In this special episode, Alex and Ben interviews Sam Altman, CEO of OpenAI.
2/29/202417 minutes, 6 seconds
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Week in Edtech 02/21/2024: OpenAI's Sora Rivals in the Works, 2U's Financial Struggles, Reach Capital's 2023 US Edtech Funding Report and More! With Special Guest, Matt Sherman of LSAT Lab

In this episode of Week in Edtech, Ben and Alex discuss:1. AIOpenAI Completes Deal That Values the Company at $80 BillionOpenAI’s SoraRivals In The Works—Including From Google And Meta2. EdtechOnline course provider 2U faces doubts it can continue3. PreK-12Unleashed Brands to Acquire Sylvan Learning4. ReportsReach Capital’s 2023 US EdTech Funding Report Oppenheimer ReportSpecial Guest:Matt Sherman, Founder and CEO at LSAT Lab
2/27/202440 minutes, 4 seconds
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Week in Edtech 02/15/2024: Savvas Learning Company Acquires Outlier.org, Duolingo Reigns as Top Language Learning Platform, Google's AI Initiative for Europe, Indian Edtech Investments, and More! Feat. Adeel Khan, MagicSchoolAI & Gary Eimerman, Multiverse

In this episode of Week in Edtech, Ben and Alex discuss:1. AIGoogle Launches AI Opportunity Initiative For Europe; Announces €25M Funding To Support AI Skills Development2. EdtechIndiaASU GSV Emeritus Event in IndiaPhysicsWallah’s FY23 Profit Tanks 91% To INR 90MDeborah Quazzo and Michael Moe on BYJU'sDeborah Quazzo follow-on investments in IndiaHow Eruditus survived the evisceration of edtechDuolingo is largest language platform in the world3. K-12Tyton Partners’ ‘Investing in Tomorrow’ Research Reveals a $100,000 Per Student Impact of High School Financial Education4. Higher EdSavvas Learning Company Acquires Outlier.org5. M&AGoogle acquires Edlyft SchoolStatus Announces Acquisition of SchoolNowQuantum5 acquires Trivie / US, AssessmentsSpecial Guests:Adeel Khan, Founder at MagicSchool AIGary Eimerman, Chief Learning Officer at Multiverse
2/21/20241 hour, 4 minutes, 11 seconds
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Week in Edtech 01/24/2024: Chegg, Doulingo, Coursera Stocks Tumble, OpenAI Partners with ASU, Microsoft's Free AI Tutor and More! With Special Guests Brett Roer and Jacob Kantor of EDLIT

In this episode of Week in Edtech, Ben and Alex discuss:1. AIChegg, Duolingo, Coursera Stocks Swoon as Goldman Warns of Threat From AICoursera’s CEO announced that Coursera users signed up for an AI course every minute of 20232. EdtechIt’s a good time to invest in early-stage edtech, investors say Byju’s seeks new funding at less than $2 billion valuation, a 90% drop3. K-12National Ed-Tech Plan Outlines How Schools Can Tackle 3 Big Digital InequitiesMichael Bloomberg donates $250M to open 10 healthcare-focused high schools in Boston, Charlotte, Durham, Houston, Nashville, New York, Philadelphia, Demopolis, and Northeast Texas4. Higher EdOpenAI announces first partnership with a universityNortheastern partners with Multiverse, granting transfer credit to apprentices who complete Multiverse’s analytics program5. Big TechMicrosoft makes its AI-powered reading tutor available for free. Will integrate it with CanvasGoogle announces new AI-powered features for educationSpecial Guest:Jacob Kantor and Brett Roer, EDLIT: Empowering Districts through Learning, Innovation, & Technology
1/30/202453 minutes, 21 seconds
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Building Apprentice Nation: The Power of Apprenticeships in Education with Ryan Craig

Ryan Craig is a Managing Director at Achieve Partners and was formerly an MD at University Ventures. Ryan’s commentary on where the puck is going in education and workforce regularly appears in the biweekly Gap Letter, Forbes, and Inside Higher Education. He is the author of the book Apprentice Nation: How the "Earn and Learn" Alternative to Higher Education Will Create a Stronger and Fairer America (2023). He is also author of A New U: Faster + Cheaper Alternatives to College (2018), which describes the critical importance of last-mile training and the emergence of bootcamps, income share programs, staffing and apprenticeship models as preferred pathways to good first digital jobs and was named in the Wall Street Journal as one the Books of the Year for 2018. Ryan’s first book was College Disrupted: The Great Unbundling of Higher Education (2015), which profiles the coming shift toward competency-based education and hiring. Ryan is a co-founder of Apprenticeships for America, a national nonprofit dedicated to scaling apprenticeships across the U.S. economy and is a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute.Previously, Ryan led the Education & Training sector at Warburg Pincus. His prior experience in higher education was at Columbia University. Ryan also founded and built Wellspring, a national network of boarding schools and summer camps for overweight and obese children, adolescents, and young adults. He began his career at McKinsey & Co.Ryan received bachelor's degrees summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Yale University, and his law degree from the Yale Law School.Recommended Resources:Gap LetterApprenticeships for America
1/29/20241 hour, 49 seconds
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Week in Edtech 01/18/2024: Duolingo Sheds Human Workers, Chatbot Teachers, Dying Unicorns and More! With Special Guest, John Rogers of TPG Rise Fund

In this episode of Week in Edtech, Ben and Alex discuss:1. AIDuolingo Sheds Some Human Workers As AI Threatens To Upend The $65 Billion Translation IndustryMoral Panic of “Will Chatbots teach your children” is starting up:“Will Chatbots Teach Your Children”Your Child’s Favorite Teacher May Soon Be a Chatbot Two of Your Predictions for 2024 and Why They Are Probably Not Correct 2. EdtechHolonIQ Removes 13 unicorns from its Edtech Unicorns listFETC is next week!3. WorkforceIndian Company Upgrad Education to Acquire Udacity for $80 Million, According to Local Media   Special Guest:John Rogers, Partner at TPG Rise Fund  
1/23/202443 minutes, 45 seconds
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Week in Edtech 01/11/2024: GPT Store Opened, Districts Considering Closing Schools, new FAFSA and more! Plus Special Guest, Anna Iarotska of Robo Wunderkind

In this episode of Week in Edtech, Ben and Alex discuss:1. AIGPT Store Opened.  What does this mean?South Korea's MathGPT Sets a New World Record in Mathematical PerformanceUS Congress Introduces “AI Literacy” Bill2. PreK12As Enrollment Declines, Districts Consider Closing Schools3. K12Skipping School: America’s Hidden Education Crisis4. Higher EducationClaudine Gay & Higher Ed’s Crisis.  Is it just PR & Politics or is it a deeper issue?The new FAFSA is meant to make applying for college aid easier, but not everyone can access it yet 5.  OtherImmerse Raises $5M, Goes on “The View”Special Guest:Anna Iarotska, Co-founder & CEO at Robo Wunderkind
1/16/202444 minutes, 27 seconds
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The Storyshares Approach to Diverse and Accessible Libraries with Louise Baigelman

Louise Baigelman is the founder and CEO of Storyshares, a mission-driven literacy organization focused on engaging and empowering readers and writers of all levels. Before starting Storyshares, Louise was a reading and writing teacher, middle school EL coordinator, and literacy specialist, working with students from preschool through high school. Louise was named to the Forbes 30 under 30 list, the International Literacy Association’s 30 Under 30 list, and she has received awards from the Library of Congress, Teach for America, Milken Penn GSE, and Reimagine Education for her work with Storyshares. Louise holds a B.A. in English & Psychology from Cornell University, and an M.A. in Education from Boston University.Recommended Resources:Sold a Story podcastFuture of Education by Michael Horn
1/8/202450 minutes, 14 seconds
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Special Episode: 2023 Reflections and 2024 Predictions by Alex, Ben and Edtech Leaders from Instructure, Owl Ventures, Reach Capital, Age of Learning, Kinnu, Flint and Samvid Ventures

2023 was an amazing year for Edtech! In this super-sized episode, Ben and Alex review top trends from the year that was and make some predictions for 2024. Also, we asked some of our favorite guests (and Edtech C-suiters) to give their thoughts on what we can expect to see in 2024. Ian Chiu, Managing Director at Owl VenturesJomayra Herrera, Partner at Reach CapitalSunil Gunderia, Chief Innovation Officer at Age of LearningHanna Celina, Co-founder and CPO at KinnuAmit Patel, Managing Director at Owl VenturesGemma Lenowitz, Program Director at Samvid VenturesShiren Vijiasingam, Chief Product Officer at InstructureSohan Choudhury, Co-founder & CEO at Flint
1/1/20241 hour, 38 minutes, 36 seconds
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Breaking Barriers: Exploring Inclusive Education with Dr. Yenda Prado

Dr. Yenda Prado is an edtech researcher, educator, and author, whose work focuses on exploring the social uses of emerging edtech to support children’s inclusion across complex learning environments.She has written and advised on inclusive technology use in education and media for diverse organizations including the U.S. Department of Education, PBS Kids, and the University of California.Dr. Prado also serves as a Ready to Learn Consultant Advisor for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. In this role, she has advised on various projects including research and development for Lyla in the Loop – a children’s animated series highlighting critical and computational thinking skills - which will debut February 5 2024 on PBS KIDS.As the former Emerging Technologies Impact Fellow at the U.S. Department of Education, Dr. Prado supported the development of national edtech policy and investigated emerging technology trends for the Office of Educational Technology. In this role, she developed the EdTech Evidence Toolkit to amplify policies, practices, and resources that support evidence-building activities for effective edtech adoption in schools.She is currently finishing writing a first-authored book for MIT Press titled “Voices on the Margins: Inclusive Education at the Intersection of Language, Literacy, and Technology” - which will be released Spring 2024.Previously, Dr. Prado served as a research fellow with PBS KIDS, an education researcher with the UC Irvine Digital Learning Lab, and as an ESL teacher and reading interventionist in California libraries and schools.Yenda holds a Ph.D. in Education from the University of California, Irvine, an Ed.M. in Education from Harvard University, and a B.A. in Psychology from Stanford University.Recommended Resources:Voices on the Margins: Inclusive Education at the Intersection of Language, Literacy, and Technology By Yenda Prado and Mark WarschauerCommon-Sense Evidence by Nora Gordon and Carrie ConawayCAST
12/29/20231 hour, 41 seconds
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AI, Metaverse, and Learning Equality: Kai XR's EdTech Frontier with Kai Frazier

Kai Frazier is a former educator and the founder and CEO of Kai XR, designed to close the opportunity gap in under-resourced communities. The KaiXR platform, which uses AI and metaverse technologies, is being used by kids in grades 5-8 in schools, as well as juvenile detention centers, to take virtual college tours, learn about advances in science like CRISPR, and teach kids about historical figures like the late Dr. Huey P. Newton of the Black Panther Party. Before creating Kai XR, Kai worked with several museums such as the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum as well as the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture, specializing in digital strategy and content creation. Kai also served as an entrepreneur in residence at the Kapor Center for Social Impact Techstars' Social Impact cohort sponsored by Cox Enterprises, and T-Mobile's Immersive Accelerator. Her work has been featured by Forbes, The U.S Department of Education, NBC, the Steve Harvey Show & more.Recommended Resources:LinkedinTransition from Teaching to Your New Career Opportunity by Kai FrazierSnapchat
12/25/202351 minutes, 50 seconds
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Special Episode: Edtech Asia Summit 2023

In this special episode of Edtech Insiders, Phuong Do interviews eight edtech companies at the Edtech Asia Summit 2023 held earlier last month in Bali, Indonesia.Adriel Yong from Ascend Angels John Tan from DoyobiMinsam Kim from RiiiDRaphael Nolden from Amy.appRyan O'Hare from Keypath Education Ruby Nguyen from Curieous Sandeep and Gaurav from Kaizenvest Vu Van from ELSA
12/22/20232 hours, 46 minutes, 14 seconds
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Revolutionizing Pediatric Mental Health in Schools with Kenzie Butera Davis of Maro

Kenzie Butera Davis is the CEO and founder of Maro, a pediatric mental healthcare and education app. She recently won the ASU+GSV Pitch competition.As a veteran of the startup industry, Kenzie has supported 70+ healthcare, consumer and B2B SaaS startups from launch to growth acceleration to funding. Prior to founding Maro, Kenzie spent 4+ years composing an academic thesis on the implementation of health education in the US while conducting customer discovery. Her current venture, Maro, is one of the leading companies in pediatric healthcare innovation, as awarded by Oracle Cerner and Children's National Hospital.Recommended Resources:Rock HealthDigital Health Buzz Chalkbeat Edweek Market Brief
12/20/202343 minutes, 14 seconds
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EdTech Solutions for Academic Integrity in K-12 Education with Todd Mahler of Edmentum and Dr. PJ Caposey

Todd Mahler is the Chief Product Officer at Edmentum. For over 25 years Todd has led the development of educational technology products for the nation’s leading publishers and is proud to have impacted the lives of millions of students. As Chief Product Officer for Edmentum, Todd drives product strategy for Edmentum, ensuring their solutions meet the needs of the educators and students they serve. Prior to Edmentum, Todd served as Chief Product Officer for Apex Learning and has held senior leadership positions with McGraw Hill Education, Redbird Advanced Learning, and Six Red Marbles. Todd holds a Master’s degree in Education from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Science in Astronomy & Astrophysics from Villanova University.Dr. PJ Caposey is a dynamic speaker and a transformational leader and educator. PJ began his career as an award-winning teacher in the inner-city of Chicago and has subsequently led significant change in every administrative post he has held. PJ became a principal at the age of 28 and within three years was able to lead a small-town/rural school historically achieving near the bottom of its county to multiple national recognitions. After four years, PJ moved to his current district, Meridian CUSD 223, as superintendent and has led a similar turnaround leading to multiple national recognitions for multiple different efforts.PJ is a best-selling author and has written 10 books for various publishers. His work and commentary has been featured on sites such as the Washington Post, NPR, CBS This Morning, ASCD, Edutopia, the Huffington Post, and was featured in a Global Leaders Forum thinkpiece alongside the likes of General Petraeus and General McChrystal. He works in the Education Department of three universities, including within the Ivy League, and in a myriad of capacities with the Illinois Principal's Association including Principal Coach and author of the first complete stack of MicroCredentials offered in Illinois.Recommended Resources:Academic I - Ground Rules on AI by EdutopiaInstitute for Educational Innovation
12/18/202356 minutes, 6 seconds
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Shaping Careers Through Experiences with Chris Parrish of Podium Education

Chris Parrish is Co-Founder and President of Partnerships at the leading experiential learning company, Podium Education. At Podium, Chris led the launch of The Global Tech Experience, an industry redefining digital program that enables students to build skills and experience by working on projects directly with organizations like Intel, The Grammy’s and charity:water. Podium currently partners with 55 universities across the world and will support 10,000 students in 2023. His work has been featured in Fortune Magazine, Forbes, InsideHigherEd and TechCrunch. Chris and Podium are based in Austin, TX.Recommended Resources:Jeff SelingoETCH by Matt TowerHigher Ed Trades
12/15/202348 minutes, 37 seconds
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Week in Edtech 12/08/2023: Gemini, 2U's Challenges, Testing Overhauls, Veering into Politics and More! Feat. Gavin Cooney of Learnosity and Jared Grusd of Ethiqly

In this episode of Week in Edtech, Ben and Alex discuss:1. Big Tech:Gemini - Google’s largest and most capable AI model.2U faces upcoming existential changes - Helpful analysis from Phil Hill on the financial challenges 2U is up against as their stock continues to get hammered in the public markets. 2. Assessment:States are radically changing testing requirements in both red and blue statesAll Yale students get As3. Politics:University Presidents royally blow it in CongressOakland Educators Hold Unauthorized Teach-in Supporting PalestiniansAP African American Studies4. Legacy of Paul LeBlancSouthern New Hampshire University President Paul LeBlanc to Step Down after Transformative 20 Years of Leadership5. Future of WorkNolej raises a $3M SeedCarnegie Learning Announces LiveHint AICurriculum Associates Expands Student-Focused AI Capabilities with Purchase of SoapBox LabsSpecial Guests:Jared Grusd, Co-founder of EthiqlyGavin Cooney, CEO of Learnosity
12/12/20231 hour, 23 minutes, 20 seconds
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Pioneering VR to Shape the Future of STEM Education with Märt Lume of Futuclass

Märt Lume is the co-founder of Futuclass, a company building curriculum-aligned Virtual Reality games to enrich natural science education for secondary school students.With a 15-year journey across Vancouver, Denver, Lviv, Berlin, and Tallinn, Märt has designed gaming, enterprise, and educational software. Notably, in Vancouver he was the first employee of Glitch game, which eventually became known as Slack.A pivotal moment in 2017 introduced him to VR, sparking the realization that immersive technologies, coupled with learning via layered game mechanics, hold the key to transformative human learning experiences. This revelation fueled the inception of Futuclass, which now elevates chemistry and physics classes in over 10% of Estonian schools, earning praise from students and educators alike.Drawing wisdom from years of close collaboration with schools, Futuclass has expanded its offerings into the comprehensive Futuclass School Kit. This turnkey solution equips schools with hardware, software, teacher onboarding, mentoring, and best practices, igniting students with excitement for learning through VR. Futuclass School Kit is also launching partner apps, seamlessly integrating VR lessons into subjects like art, design, social studies, music, and physical education.Märt's recognition includes the "Friend of Education 2022" title at Estonia's esteemed Teacher's Gala, acknowledging his contributions to numerous EdTech startups and initiatives. He is also an advisor and angel investor to 20+ companies at the moment, with a focus on EdTech and XR.Recommended Resources:The Metaverse: And How It Will Revolutionize Everything by Matthew Ball“We Met in Virtual Reality” documentaryEdtech EstoniaVR Chat
12/11/202352 minutes, 9 seconds
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Coding without Borders: inventXYZ's Mission to Reach Every K-12 Student with Nikil Ragav

Nikil Ragav is the CEO and founder of inventXYZ.Nikil studied Electrical Engineering & Business at Penn/Wharton and interned at Intel, Google, Microsoft before starting inventXYZ. In college, he ran inventathons for middle and high school students to learn to build and code real products. He worked with schools in rural PA then remotely across the US to teach CS and electronics.For his work, Nikil was awarded Penn’s President’s Innovation Prize to start inventXYZ. NFL player Travis Kelce tweeted he was sponsoring a STEM lab for underserved kids in Kansas City. Nikil tweeted at him, and eventually inventXYZ moved to KC to help design and run the STEM lab.Now, inventXYZ makes it painless for middle and high schools across the country to teach 100% of their students Computer Science and AI even if they don’t have a dedicated teacher.Nikil has published a paper on teaching AI in K12 w/ Johns Hopkins researchers: https://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/nai/ti/pre-prints/content-22.4nwRecommended Resources:inventXYZ: Preparing Students for the Future of Workinventxyz.comEvaluation of Evidence-Based Practices inOnline Learning: A Meta-Analysis and Review of Online Learning Studies by US DOEBite-sized Way to Understand Learning Science
12/6/20231 hour, 6 minutes, 6 seconds
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Week in Edtech 12/01/2023: Meta's Multimodal Leap, StraighterLine and Acadeum's College Course Sharing, Plus Special Guests: Sara Mauskopf of Winnie and Candice Faktor of Disco

In this episode of Week in Edtech, Ben and Alex discuss:1. Big Tech:Meta launches “Seamless” LLM for speech-to-speech translation.  Multi-modal innovationMeta’s Instagram also made news in all the wrong ways2. Higher Ed:StraighterLine Partners with Acadeum to Offer College Course Sharing3. In Other News...U.S. Department of Education Holds Off On New Rules for Third-Party Servicers… For NowCurriculum Associates Acquires SoapBox LabsParentSquare Acquires Remind2U finances unveiled by Phil Hill, doesn't look goodPortland Teachers Strike Ends after a month and nobody is happyCongress (Tom Cotton) pushing a ban on cell phones in schoolSpecial Guests:Sara Mauskopf from Winnie discuss Early Childhood EducationCandice Faktor from Disco discuss Community Powered Learning
12/5/20231 hour, 3 minutes, 56 seconds
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Transforming Youth Mental Health with Maria Barrera of Clayful

Maria Barrera, is a Stanford-educated engineer and founder & CEO of Clayful. She is committed to addressing the youth mental health crisis. Born in Colombia and understanding the pressures of adversity, she leverages her experience from her pioneering role on Nearpod's founding team to create impactful solutions in education.Through her tireless research and collaboration with a diverse team of experts, Maria developed Clayful, offering accessible, preventative mental health resources to families of all socio-economic statuses. Her dedication to training a diverse mental health workforce and establishing partnerships with schools has already impacted thousands of students across the country.Recommended Resource:Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard by Dan and Chip Heath
12/4/202348 minutes, 1 second
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Building the Future of Code: Per Borgen Unveils Scrimba's AI Engineering Initiative

Per Borgen is the CEO and co-founder of Scrimba (YC S20), an interactive code-learning platform with over a million users worldwide. He’s also a web developer and coding instructor. Per's passion is to help people change their careers and lives through learning how to build software, just as he did at age 29.These days, he leads Scrimba's AI Engineering initiative. The company has partnered up with Hugging Face and LangChain to create tutorials and courses that help web developers learn how to build AI-powered apps. Through these partnerships, Per get a front-row seat at how these AI infrastructure companies lay the groundwork that the rest of the industry builds on top of. Recommended Resource:Latent Space: Rise of the AI Engineer
11/27/202339 minutes, 6 seconds
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Advancing Equitable STEM: Math Education Revolution with Anurupa Ganguly of Prisms

Anurupa Ganguly is the founder & CEO of Prisms. She founded Prisms to scale a new world teaching model where students learn core math and science concepts spatially, physically and steeped in important real world contexts. Prisms targets bottleneck topics that are often memorized in lieu of deeply understood -- leading to huge gaps and drops offs over time in STEM. Anurupa and her team are transforming math education in the US by rapidly deploying the next generation of spatial computing devices across US K-12 districts, training teachers to integrate problem-driven learning with VR into core curriculum, and working with district leadership to rapidly improve joy, confidence and proficiencies in the modern math and science classrooms. She began her career as a math & physics teacher and later served in leadership roles across the Boston Public Schools, NYC DOE, and Success Academies. She holds degrees in EECS from MIT, and an EdM from BU. Her life's mission is to empower an equitable workforce in STEM.Recommended Resource:Experience on Demand by Jeremy Bailenson
11/22/202342 minutes, 27 seconds
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Week in Edtech 11/21/2023: Edtech Titans in Flux: Sam Altman's Move from OpenAI to Microsoft and 2U's CEO Shift

This is a special episode focusing on two major leader ship changes in technology and their ramifications for Edtech: Sam Altman being released from OpenAI and hired by Microsoft, and Chip Paucek being replaced as CEO of 2U.
11/21/202358 minutes, 11 seconds
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Week in Edtech 11/15/2023: OpenAI's Agents "GPTs", Edtech Trends, Acquisitions and Special Guest: Johann Zimmern, Zoom One for Education

In this episode of Week in Edtech, Ben and Alex discuss:Artificial Intelligence:Executive Order on AI includes mandate that Education Department roll out guidance on the way schools should use AI technologiesOpenAI launches Agents (“GPTs”)OpenAI introduces custom AI assistants called “GPTs” that play different rolesMy North Star for the Future of AIForget ChatGPT — Extractive AI Is the Real Game-Changer for Teachers, StudentsRosalyn Launches StableSight, an Exam Proctoring AI That Counters Generative AI Use and Cheating RingsK-12:Home Schooling’s rise from fringe to fastest growing form of educationInstructure acquires Parchment for ~$800MByju’s in Talks to Sell US Unit Epic for $400 Million to JoffreTeachers and K-12 EducationHigher Ed:The False Binary in Higher EdChanges to university research Carnegie ratingsUniversities can’t accommodate all the computer science majorsFacing Pressure on Enrollment, Will Colleges Support More Transfer StudentsThis Obscure College Major Commands $100K Within Four YearsWorkforce:Udemy 2024 workforce trends reportSpecial Guest:Johann Zimmern, Education Strategy Lead at Zoom featuring Zoom One for Education
11/21/20231 hour, 22 minutes, 31 seconds
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Inside Instructure: Shiren Vijiasingam Discusses AI, Partner Programs, and Education Evolution

Shiren Vijiasingam is the Chief Product Officer at Instructure, the leading learning platform and maker of Canvas. Shiren has built global software products for millions of users, for over 2 decades, with more than half of his time in education. He previously served as Chief Product Officer, both at Newsela, a K-12 content platform, and before that at General Assembly, the pioneer of career transformation education. He has a master’s degree in interactive media from Quinnipiac University and a bachelor’s degree in communications from St. Cloud State University.Recommended Resources:Instructure.com/aiDr. Jordan Nguyen’s website
11/20/202348 minutes, 33 seconds
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Special Episode: AI Founders Forum

In this special episode of Edtech Insiders, Sarah Morin interviews seven founders of AI education companies at the AI Founders Forum held earlier last month in San Francisco.John Danner, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Project ReadCatalin Voss, Co-Founder and CTO at ElloChristian Byza, CEO and Co-Founder of Learn.xyzCourtney Monk, Co-Founder and COO at SchoolyticsGautam Thapar, Co-Founder and CEO of Enlighten AIShweta Gandhi, Co-Founder and CEO of Strived.ioBrandon Grusd, Co-Founder of Ethiqly AI
11/13/202353 minutes, 38 seconds
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Week in Edtech 11/07/2023: Breaking Down Biden's AI Executive Order and Its Impact on Education Plus Special Guest Christian Byza of Learn.xyz

In this episode of Week in Edtech, Ben and Alex discuss:1. AI + EDU Conference Replays held last October 26, 2023 are now live on the Edtech Insiders Youtube Channel.2. Stanford Accelerate Edtech Impact Summit3. Biden's AI Executive OrderFor AI in generalData PrivacyEducation4. Edtech Noon closes $41 million Series B - Wamda5. Interview with guest Christian Byza of Learn.xyz6. Funding Rounds/M&AsSlooh raises $5M Instructure acquires Parchment for $800MBibliu acquires Texas Book CompanyVector Solutions acquires PATHWAYos Rise In acquires Blockbeam
11/9/20231 hour, 18 minutes, 32 seconds
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Educational Technology Redefined: Inside Noodle Factory's AI Platform with Dr. Jim Wagstaff and Yvonne Soh

Today we’re speaking with Yvonne Soh and Jim Wagstaff, the co-founders of Noodle Factory, an AI-powered teaching and learning platform based in Singapore. Before co-founding Noodle Factory, Yvonne Soh spent many years in adult education, working closely with different companies to incorporate technology to improve learning outcomes. Previously, Yvonne worked in product, product marketing, and solution development roles at Dell Technologies and F5 Networks. Dr. Jim Wagstaff co-founded Noodle Factory, is also the co-founder of Jam Factory and a founding board member of Up 2 Speed–companies that focus on corporate training. Jim began his career at Dell Technologies, Brocade Communications, and Hewlett Packard Enterprise in various sales, pre-sales, sales management, channel management, general management, and executive roles. Most recently, Jim was Vice- President and General Manager of Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s data storage business in the APJ region.Jim earned both his master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Liverpool (UK). His ongoing research focuses on how organizations harness the power of digital capabilities to better serve customers, students, and users. Jim has also earned his post-doctoral diploma in academic practice from the University of Liverpool in coordination with the Fellowship for Higher Education in the UK, where his ongoing work includes action research concerning the use of generative AI in teaching and learning.Recommended Resources:Techcrunchlearnprompting.org
11/6/202352 minutes, 54 seconds
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Week in Edtech 10/30/23: Biden's Upcoming AI Executive Order, Edtech Events, State of AI Report plus Special Guest Erin Mote of InnovateEDU

In this episode of Week in Edtech, Ben and Alex discuss:1. Recap of the Edtech Insiders October Events:AI+EDU Conference 730+ Registrants and 70%+ Attendance Rate held virtuallyEdtech AI Founders Forum and Happy Hour in San Francisco2. Biden's AI executive order coming Monday, October 30th.Sweeping new Biden order aims to alter the AI landscape3. Edtech Events:AI dominates Educause conferenceASU+GSV Air Show on April 13-15, 20244. State of AI Report 2023: a 160+ page report covering trends across research, industry adoption, politics and safety of AI. Nathan Beinach’s director cut (a snapshot of key themes and ideas) here.5.  American Federation of Teachers partners with AI identification platform, GPTZero6. DALL·E 3 is now available in ChatGPT Plus and Enterprise7. Blueprint Prep Introduces the First and Only AI-Powered MCAT Tutor8. K-12:Dozens of states sue Instagram-parent Meta over 'addictive' features and youth mental health harms9. Higher Ed:Undergraduate enrollment up for the first time since 2020Undergraduate enrollment increases after years of decline10. Big Tech:Slack takes week off for upskillingMultiverse cuts jobs in move away from school-leaver apprenticeshipsDuolingo Previews Its Multi-Subject Future at Duocon 2023Snap partners with edtech company Inspirit to bring its AR tech to 50 US schools11. Interview with guest Erin Mote, CEO of InnovateEDUSIIA puts out AI principles
11/4/20231 hour, 18 minutes, 24 seconds
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Honorlock's Evolution: AI and Academic Proctoring with Paul Morales and Jordan Adair

Honorlock is an  online test proctoring service that combines AI software like computer vision with decision making of live test proctors.Paul Morales leads Honorlock’s software and operations technology initiatives with a “security-first” approach. Paul believes that Information Security and Privacy are of the utmost importance in both professional and personal environments. Jordan Adair is the VP of Product at Honorlock. Jordan began his career in education as an elementary and middle school teacher. After transitioning into educational technology, he became focused on delivering products designed to empower instructors and improve the student experience.Recommended Resources:MidjourneyKhanmigo by Sal KhanLex Fridman podcastRedditHacker News
10/30/202356 minutes, 26 seconds
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Interactive Storytelling for Engaging Education with Maia Glikman of GoKidGo and Matt Hammersley of Novel Effect

Maia Glikman is a Los Angeles based producer whose body of work spans numerous areas of the entertainment industry. Highlights as an executive include several years at ABC Network, Lucasfilm and Sony Pictures Television. Maia is the CEO of GoKidGo, Inc. and Never Ever Productions, female led ventures developing exceptional IP for children and adults respectively. As a creative producer, Maia’s mandate is the production of high-quality content that resonates with today’s audience, most especially those that champion female and underrepresented voices. Most recently, R.L. Stine’s Story Club, produced by GoKidGo, has been selected as a Best of the Best finalist for "Best Podcast” at the 2022 Cynopsis Awards.Matt Hammersley is the Co-Founder and CEO at Novel Effect, Inc. Novel Effect is an award-winning mobile app that follows along during story time with interactive music, sound effects, and character voices creating magical moments when you read aloud with your child. They are on a mission to empower educators, parents, and kids to connect and engage with each other and books. Their unique form of storytelling brings the story to life, engaging and capturing the imaginations of children and their grown-ups. They believe every child is full of potential and that more well-read children in the world will create a better future for us all!Recommended Resources:Get ready to explore the future of education! Join Edtech Insiders for a virtual conference featuring 30+ of the top voices shaping the future of Al + Education. A full day of keynote speakers, panel discussions, and networking!Register now here: AI+EDU Virtual Conference
10/23/202346 minutes, 56 seconds
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Game-Based Learning and the Future of Education: Insights from Rebecca Kantar of Roblox

Rebecca Kantar serves as Vice President of Education and Director of the Roblox Community Fund at Roblox Corporation (NYSE: RBLX), a technology platform bringing the world together through play. Rebecca is responsible for growing Roblox’s education vertical into a self-sustaining ecosystem of outstanding educational content creators, bringing deeper learning curricular materials to educators and students. Roblox Education connects educational organizations with extraordinary Roblox developer studios through Roblox Community Fund grants.Rebecca came to Roblox in 2020 when Roblox acquired Imbellus Inc., a simulation-based assessment technology company Rebecca founded and led. Rebecca founded Imbellus with conviction that better educational assessments would drive deeper teaching and learning and in turn, more students graduating ready for adulthood. In delivering operational, fair, valid, and reliable assessments at scale, Imbellus demonstrated the potential for simulation-based assessments to measure deep thinking skills in high-stakes workforce and educational contexts. Rebecca led Imbellus in raising over $23M, signing multimillion-dollar development contracts with Fortune 500 corporations and in completing successful M&A transactions with Roblox Corporation and McKinsey & Company. Prior to launching Imbellus, Rebecca founded an expert network that Gerson Lehrman Group (GLG) acquired in 2012.Rebecca serves as a Vice Chair of the Museum of Science Board of Trustees, where she serves on the Campaign Cabinet and as Vice Chair of the Trustee Nominating Committee. Rebecca has served as an advisor to the Common Application and to the MA Common Start Coalition. Rebecca grew up in Newton, MA and currently lives in Massachusetts.Links:Roblox's educational partner site, for organizations or developers interested in building experiences in various subjects - including well-being, social/emotional learning on Roblox: https://education.roblox.com/partners/Recommended Resources:Whiteboard Advisors newsletterCOVID-19 Policy Update by John BaileyEmily in Your Phone newsletter to stay up to date on state of public school happeningsNice White Parents podcastGet ready to explore the future of education! Join Edtech Insiders for a virtual conference featuring 30+ of the top voices shaping the future of Al + Education. A full day of keynote speakers, panel discussions, and networking!Register now here: AI+EDU Virtual Conference
10/20/20231 hour, 6 minutes, 47 seconds
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Unveiling the Magic of Educational Podcasts with Ben Strouse of Gen-Z Media

Ben Strouse oversees Gen-Z Media, the studio behind the biggest middle-grade and family podcast mysteries and adventures. Its slate of more than 20 shows includes “Six Minutes,” the most downloaded family drama in history and a big classroom favorite, the Peabody Award winning classic “The Unexplainable Disappearance of Mars Patel,” and its current hit, “Nightingale”, in which three teens with cancer find a portal in the hospital basement leading to another world. GZM Shows focuses exclusively on producing smart and purposeful digital programming created specifically to impact and engage tweens, teens and family audiences. Recommended Resources:gzmclassroom.comweareteachers.com list of podcastsGet ready to explore the future of education! Join Edtech Insiders for a virtual conference featuring 30+ of the top voices shaping the future of Al + Education. A full day of keynote speakers, panel discussions, and networking!Register now here: AI+EDU Virtual Conference
10/12/20231 hour, 4 minutes, 25 seconds
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Skills, Education, and the Future: A Conversation with David Shacklette of Harvard Skills Lab

David Shacklette is the Product Manager for the Harvard Skills Lab, a Schmidt Futures funded research initiative and startup that designs performance-based assessment tools that can be used by universities, businesses, and individuals to provide a clearer picture of the foundational skills (sometimes called “soft skills”) required for individuals and teams to succeed in the labor market. Prior to joining the Skills Lab, David has held product roles at Fortune Magazine, where most notably he launched and scaled Fortune’s first education vertical (fortune.com/education) in partnership with 2U, and has previously held a variety of operational and leadership roles in venture capital and early-stage startups in the Bay Area. David holds a Master’s degree in Symbolic Systems from Stanford University, where he focused on topics in the fields of Educational Neuroscience and AI.Recommended Resources:https://www.skillslab.dev/game-libraryForked Lightning by David DemingGet ready to explore the future of education! Join Edtech Insiders for a virtual conference featuring 30+ of the top voices shaping the future of Al + Education. A full day of keynote speakers, panel discussions, and networking!Register now here: AI+EDU Virtual Conference
10/10/202348 minutes, 32 seconds
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Navigating the Future of AI, Education, and Beyond with Amanda Bickerstaff

Amanda Bickerstaff is the Founder and CEO of AI for Education. A former high school biology teacher and EdTech executive with over 20 years of experience in the education sector, she has a deep understanding of the challenges and opportunities that AI can offer. She is a frequent consultant, speaker, and writer on the topic of AI in education, leading workshops and professional learning across both K12 and Higher Ed. Amanda is committed to helping schools and teachers maximize their potential through the ethical and equitable adoption of AI.Recommended Resources:One Useful Thing by Prof. Ethan MollickGet ready to explore the future of education! Join Edtech Insiders for a virtual conference featuring 30+ of the top voices shaping the future of Al + Education. A full day of keynote speakers, panel discussions, and networking!Register now here: AI+EDU Virtual Conference
10/9/202358 minutes, 59 seconds
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Week in Edtech, 9/22/23, Part 1: AI Market Mapping, School Survey Highlights, and More Byju's Madness

In this episode, we discuss:AIPipeline Perspectives: Trends From 280+ Generative AI Edtech ToolsEdTech Companies Are Racing to Build a GitHub Copilot for TeachersTeachers Are Going All In on Generative AIK122023 SETDA State of Edtech Report Curriculum Associates Report: State of Student LearningCommon Sense: 2023 State of Kids PrivacyClever's Classroom of the Future ReportHigher EdAdmissions Officers Reflect on a Transformative YearByju'sByju’s hid $533 million in hedge fund once run from a Miami pancake shop, lenders allegeFunding:- Learn.xyz secured $3M in seed round, now posted on Product Hunt - Curipod raised $4.6 million in seed funding. - Correcto secured €6.5 million to elevate Spanish writing skills with AI- ELSA raises $23M - Mathpresso raises $8M - Swap Language raises $2.15M 
9/22/202346 minutes, 17 seconds
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Week in Edtech, 9/22/23, Part 2: Deep Dives with Toddle Learning and Project Read

In this special episode of Week in Edtech, we speak to two leaders in the K12 space using AI to support teachers and learners:Deepanshu Arora, Founder and CEO of Toddle LearningToddle's  mission is to help teaching teams around the world do their best work. More specifically, Toddle is an end-to-end solution for all your teaching and learning needs. Teaching teams use Toddle for curriculum planning, assessments, student portfolios, projects, progress reports, classroom management, family communication and much more.Vivek Ramakrishnan, Co-Founder of Project ReadBuilt by teachers and AI experts from Stanford, Project Read is an ambitious effort to make personalized reading support accessible for all kids, regardless of income. Accessible in browsers on mobile, tablet or desktop.
9/22/202359 minutes, 11 seconds
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Online Tutoring and Beyond: A Conversation with MyTutor's Co-founder, James Grant

James Grant is co-founder of MyTutor, the UK’s leading online tutoring platform, working with hundreds of thousands of students and 1,500 public schools across the UK and US. Their vision is to make life-changing tutoring available to all. They are the largest partner on the UK’s National Tutoring Programme, have a carefully vetted, 20,000 strong tutor community and have raised $40m in funding. MyTutor’s programs are proven to deliver 2.5x the progress for students in their tutored subjects. James was recognised in Forbes 30 under 30’s 2018 list for MyTutor’s social impact. Recommended Resources:The Art of Learning by Josh WaitzkinLearning How to Learn by Barbara Oakley PhD
9/18/202348 minutes, 30 seconds
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Moonshot Thinking in AI Education: Exploring the Future with Bodo Hoenen of NOLEJ

Bodo Hoenen is the founder of Dev4X, and a cofounder of NOLEJ, a generative AI for education. He is a collective intelligence scientist and serial entrepreneur whose previous startup’s include an LMS that he sold to Google. Since then, he’s been developing a Super Collective Intelligence, an AI-Human collaboration engine to rapidly accelerate the rate at which we can learn and innovate.Recommended Resources:Lex Fridman podcastChatGPT BardBingJoin us for a virtual event on AI + EDU: Education in the Age of Artificial Intelligence on Oct 26! Learn about the future of EdTech and how Artificial Intelligence will shape the classroom! #AI #EduTech #EdTech #AIandEducation #AIinEducation #EduInTheAgeOfAI
9/15/202341 minutes, 34 seconds
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This Week in Edtech with Ben Kornell, 9/14/23 with Special Guests Medics Academy and Braintrust Tutors

This episode features interviews with Johann Malawana of Medics AcademyJen Mendelsohn and Mara Koffmann from Braintrust TutorsCheck out the Edtech Insiders AI+EDU Conference! We also cover:UNESCO's AI Competencies for TeachersByju's effort to repay repayment through selling acquisitionsFlint raises money for edu-LLMs, and Imbue for agentsAmericans losing faith in College ROIK12 Literacy Scores forcing shift to Science of Reading
9/14/20231 hour, 30 minutes, 34 seconds
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Redefining Tutoring for a Customized Learning Experience with John Failla of Pearl

John Failla is the CEO and co-founder of Pearl, a research-based tutoring platform that streamlines operations, reports actionable data, and improves outcomes for Pearl’s many tutoring partners. Pearl works with states, districts, and private tutoring companies. John is also a Founder-In-Residence at University of Richmond - Robins School of Business and was the Founder & CEO at Trilogy Mentors.Recommended Resources:Blog by PearlNational Student Support AcceleratorIllinois Tutoring Initiative
9/14/202350 minutes, 25 seconds
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This Week in Edtech, 8/30/23, with Guests Dr. Deepak and Maria Walley of Prof Jim

Guests: Dr. Deepak Sekar and Maria Walley of Prof JimProf Jim Launches Reelbooks 2.0 - AI Now Achieves Parity with Human InstructorsAI  Edtech Companies RisingAtypical AI raised $4M in pre-seed to continue shaping the future of learning and assessmentSizzle AI raised $7.5M in seed for their tutoring chatbot for middle and high school STEM courses, led by Owl Ventures Course Hero Launches "AI Academy" to Help Educators Navigate Role of AI in the ClassroomQ2 Earnings Roundup - EdTech Generative AI (GSV)ChatGPT in SchoolsMore schools want your kids to use Chat GPT. Really.Kids Are Going Back to School. So Is ChatGPTK12Gen Z’s Declining College Interest Persists — Even Among Middle SchoolersThe rise of the virtual teacher: the remote trend that some US parents aren’t even aware ofHigher EdThe charade of ‘test-optional’ admissionsUniversity of Michigan to offer AI tools to U-M communityAdditional Funding and M & ACreatively Focused Raises $3M to Keep Special Educators From Leaving the ClassroomMagicSchool Raises $2.4M to Fight Teacher Burnout Using Artificial Intelligence Layoffs from Cuemath
8/30/20231 hour, 21 minutes, 56 seconds
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Week in Edtech 6/27: EdtechX, NAEP Results, Byju's, AI and ISTE

In this final Week In Edtech until August, we cover:London EdtechX  and ISTEReading/Math Crisis :NAEP Results, Times“Achievement declined across lines of race, class and geography. But in math, especially, vulnerable children — including Black, Native American and low-income students — experienced bigger drops.”“The percentage of 13-year-olds who reported reading for fun has also declined. Last fall, 31 percent said they “never or hardly ever” read for fun, compared to 22 percent in 2012.”Post: National test scores plunge, with still no sign of pandemic recovery“The average math score is now the same as it was in 1990, while the average reading score is the same as it was in 2004.”74: NAEP Scores ‘Flashing Red’ After a Lost Generation of Learning for 13-Year-OldsU.S. history scores hit all-time low among 8th gradersByju’s:Byju's auditor Deloitte, three board members sever ties with embattled edtech startupDeloitte, three board members quit edtech giant Byju’sAI (Alex and Ben)Workera launches Generative AI and ChatGPT assessmentsOnline Learning Firm Nerdy Says Ai Is Writing 30% Of Its Software Code The Business JournalsCreatorUp Launches its Redesigned Learning Store with Courses for Creators, Upskilling them for New Job Opportunities, including in Generative AI
6/27/202345 minutes, 12 seconds
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Week in Edtech, June 1st, 2023 with Guest Bridgette Leslie of IEP&Me

Bridgette Leslie is the Co-Founder, CEO of IEP&Me, Inc. Bridgette had spent her career as a special educator, focusing on creating inclusive classrooms, fostering self-awareness advocacy with her students, and triggering innovation in several school settings. As an entrepreneur, she's been accepted into the ODX Accelerator, achieved a NewSchools Venture Fund grant, and recently completed the Techstars JP Morgan Chase Female Founders Catalyst program.
6/23/202344 minutes, 59 seconds
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Week in Edtech, June 9th, 2023 with Mario Vasilescu of Readocracy

Mario Vasilescu is co-founder of Readocracy, an online learning platform that makes all the content you consume count. Readocracy includes a knowledge profile that quantifies and showcases your passions, private insights like a “Fitbit for your information diet”, and social features that reward people for being well-informed. With his team, they are on a mission to create a future where how we feed our minds matters just as much as how we feed our bodies.Mario is a robotics engineer turned designer, digital strategist, and now founder obsessed with media ecology. Prior to entering the world of startups, he led digital innovation projects and digital literacy campaigns for national organizations in Canada and France. He is based in Toronto.
6/23/202352 minutes, 25 seconds
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Field Building for Educational Equity with Kim Smith of LearnerStudio

Kim Smith is the founder of LearnerStudio, an equity-focused education investment studio being incubated inside Cambiar Education. She is also the founder and CEO of the Pahara Institute, a national nonprofit that aims to identify, strengthen, and sustain diverse high-potential leaders who are transforming public education. Immediately prior, she was co-founder of Bellwether Education Partners. Earlier in her career she was a founding team member at Teach For America, created an AmeriCorps program serving community-based leaders in youth development, led a trade show start-up, and did a stint in online learning at Silicon Graphics. After completing her MBA at Stanford, she co-founded the NewSchools Venture Fund, a philanthropy focused on catalyzing a bipartisan, cross-sector community of entrepreneurial change agents for public education.Kim was featured in Newsweek’s report on the “Women of the 21st Century” as “the kind of woman who will shape America’s new century.”Recommended Resources:The Persuaders: At the Front Lines of the Fight for Hearts, Minds, and Democracy by Anand GirardharasThe Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion by Jonathan Haidt
6/12/202357 minutes, 57 seconds
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Al Kingsley, Edtech Shared podcast

Al Kingsley has over 30 years’ experience in educational technology and digital safeguarding.For the last 25 years Al has been the Group Managing Director of NetSupport, an international software company developing market-leading software solutions used by over 18 million customers, designed to support the effective use of instructional technology in classrooms alongside eSafety technologies to safeguard students online.Al writes for a range of international titles on all aspects of education, with a particular focus on Digital Strategy, the use of EdTech, Blended Learning, Safeguarding and broader strategic planning.He is the author of “My Secret Edtech Diary” and “My School Governance Handbook” and the co-host of the “EdTech Shared” podcast.Recommended Resources:The Innovator's Dillema: The Revolutionary Book That Will Change the Way You Do Business by Clayton M. ChristensenDisrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns by Clayton M. Christensen
5/29/20231 hour, 14 minutes, 38 seconds
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Mentoring Gen Z in Work and Life with Katie Kirsch of Twenty

Katie Kirsch is a designer, engineer, and social entrepreneur. At Stanford, IDEO, and Designer Fund, she has launched several products, programs, and ventures in education. A few favorite projects have included working & living at a K-12 boarding school in India, scaling a menstrual healthcare organization in Uganda, and road​-​tripping across the US for 14 weeks in an RV to teach leadership workshops for 1200 girls. Most recently, Katie founded Twenty, a coaching & community platform that empowers young adults to crush their twenties. Katie holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BS in Product Design Engineering from Stanford.Recommended Resources:The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter--And How to Make the Most of Them Now by Meg JayWhat I Wish I Knew When I Was 20 by Tina Seelig
5/19/202336 minutes, 54 seconds
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Mentoring, Tutoring and Experiential Learning with Audrey Wisch, CEO of Curious Cardinals

Audrey Wisch is the CEO and Co-Founder and Curious Cardinals, a global community where K-12 students discover and pursue their passions, build confidence, and unlock their greatest potential with the guidance of college mentors they aspire to be.Audrey started Curious Cardinals as an undergraduate at Stanford University; after teaching her first workshop on mass incarceration to high school students at the start of the pandemic, Audrey decided to mobilize her most ambitious peers at Stanford and beyond to join her in teaching the topics they were passionate about to K-12 students and serving as their near-peer mentors. Since then, Audrey has taken time off from Stanford to pursue Curious Cardinals full time, now a community of over 400 college mentors mentoring students around the world. The company has raised $6.8 million in seed funding led by Anthos Capital and Audacious Ventures, and has been featured on CNN and Bloomberg. Audrey was also recognized in the 2022 Forbes 30 Under 30 Education and Youngest category.Recommended ResourcesCurious Cardinal student Matthew’s video game that he has been building with mentors over the past two years can be seen here and a video of Matthew + his parents here.Failure to Disrupt by Justin ReichSystem Error by by Rob Reich, Mehran Sahami andJeremy M. Weinstein Infinite Game by Simon SenakCurious Cardinals is Hiring!Lucy Chen is hiring for two roles on my team. Both work directly with the most amazing part of Curious Cardinals: our mentors, a community of the most passionate and ambitious college students in the world! 1. Mentor Success Manager (mid-level) Looking for a system-minded ops person with strong learning background to scale our current ways of supporting mentors and preparing mentors to teach. 2. Mentor Talent & Community Manager (entry- OR mid-level)  Looking for a passionate community person to recruit and curate the mentor community. Strongly prefer someone with prior experience managing both virtual and in-person communities. 
5/15/202354 minutes, 30 seconds
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Week in Edtech 5/10/23: Byju in the Hotseat, with Guests Nishaad Balachandran of Avathon Capital and Kavitta Ghai of Nectir

In this Episode, Guests:Nishaad Balachandran of Avathon Capital on Private Equity for Edtech Kavitta Ghai of Nectir on the launch of Soma, their new AI community toolBig Story: Byju's Properties Raided by Indian AuthoritiesExplained: Why Edtech start-up Byju’s is facing heat from EDOther articles discussed:Teachers Feel Growing Obligation to Incorporate ChatGPTCalifornia bill proposes 50% school staff salary hike over 7 yearsBias in AI: Do Chatbot Tutors Work Better When They're Upbeat — and Female?Unionization Efforts Spread Through Higher Education As Colleges Double Down
5/10/20231 hour, 3 minutes, 39 seconds
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Week in Edtech 4/30/23: Microschooling, Skills-Based Hiring, & the Indian Edtech Haves and Have-Nots

News Covered: MICROSCHOOLING:New Research Reveals The Breadth And Impact Of The Microschooling Movement ForbesINDIA: THE HAVES AND THE HAVE-NOTSUnacademy To Be Profitable At Group Level In April: CEO Gaurav Munjal UpstartEd-tech Firm Simplilearn Plans Acquisitions, Expansion Amid Funding Winter : Business StandardupGrad to expand Study Abroad programme in Africa, South-East Asia and Middle East The Hindu Business LineEdtech Startup BrightChamps Makes Third Acquisition, Enters B2B Arena The Economic TimesWoes Of The Funding Winter Continue To Jitter Indian Edtechs; Are There Any Hopes Of Revival? INC42EVIDENCE IN EDTECH AND LEARNING LOSSEdTech Evidence Toolkit by the Office of Education Technology: Supporting Schools’ Use of Evidence to Guide EdTech Adoption | US Department of EducationCOVID-19 Hit Schools Unequally, But Data Shows Learning Recovery Is Equally Slow EdsurgeSKILLS-BASED HIRING LEADS TO HIGHER ED EXPERIMENTATIONStudents Want More Workplace Skills From Colleges. Will Higher Ed Adjust? | EdSurgeAs ‘Skills-Based Hiring’ Becomes All The Rage, These Education Leaders Want To Overturn A 117-Year-Old Way Of Measuring Students’ Experiences- ForbesColleges Push 3-year Degrees As Enrollments Fall, Costs Rise The Washington TimesMore Than 40 Million Americans Have Now Attended College Without Earning A Degree Forbes
5/5/202350 minutes, 8 seconds
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Democratizing High-Touch College Admissions with Perry Kalmus of AKALA

Perry Kalmus is the co-founder of Akala, which is leveling the playing field for college admissions by providing best-in-class college advising to learners who would not have been able to afford it through technology. Before Akala, Perry ran the Princeton Education Network for over a decade together with his co-founder Barbara - who is also his mother. Together, they have helped over 15,000 students achieve their dreams of attending college.Recommended ResourcesYour College-Bound Kid podcastThe Privileged Poor by Anthony Abraham JackWhere You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be by Frank BruniLord of the Rankings by Malcolm Gladwelllesshighschoolstress.com
5/4/20231 hour, 21 seconds
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ASU+GSV: Amy Bevilacqua, Managing Partner at Green Street Impact Partners

Amy Bevilacqua is a Managing Partner of Green Street Impact Partners. With over 30 years of experience at the intersection of the education, media and technology sectors, she has an abiding passion for advancing innovation and scaling education companies that deliver on learner-centered missions. Amy believes in impact investing in the future of education.
5/4/202311 minutes, 20 seconds
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ASU+GSV: Ashley Chiampo, CLO of Emeritus

Ashley Chiampo is the Chief Learning Officer at the Emeritus Institute of Management, an online learning company. Shehas over 20 years of experience supporting people and organizations to reach learning goals and achieve greater effectiveness. Her background includes working with CXOs and senior leaders in small private companies, international development organizations, and multi-billion dollar publicly traded organizations.  She focuses on creating and delivering meaningful learning experiences that can impact learner’s lives. Ashley also holds an Adjunct Faculty position at Asia School of Business in Kuala Lumpur, an affiliate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Prior to Emeritus, Ashley Chiampo ran an executive coaching company, New Global Mind and worked at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Ashley is a trained group facilitator and a certified executive coach with over 2000 hours of coaching practice. She is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) granted by the ICF. Previously she was a management consultant for the Boston Consulting Group and a mechanical engineer for PTC. Ashley holds an MBA degree from the Wharton School, an MS in Mechanical Engineering from MIT and a BA from Brown University.
5/4/202312 minutes, 59 seconds
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ASU+GSV: Chuck Cohn, CEO and Anthony Salcito, CIO of Nerdy

Chuck Cohn is the Founder, Chairman & CEO of Nerdy (parent company of Varsity Tutors). Chuck founded the company in 2007 during his junior year of college after experiencing frustration finding the personalized help he needed for a calculus course. He spent his early career working in energy & power investment banking at Wells Fargo Securities (Wachovia) and healthcare private equity at Ascension Ventures, an $800M AUM private equity fund. Chuck bootstrapped Nerdy before leaving his private equity role to focus on growing Nerdy full-time at the end of 2011. Anthony Salcito, Chief Institution Business Officer, leads Varsity Tutors for Schools and is responsible for Nerdy’s efforts to support institutions as they work to transform learning opportunities for students and educators across a range of offerings. Prior to joining Nerdy, Anthony served as Vice President of Worldwide Education at Microsoft. In this role, he was responsible for driving Microsoft’s education engagement and relationships globally, including long-term partnerships with schools, universities and other public sector customers. Throughout his Microsoft career, he helped launch many of the company’s cornerstone education programs and is recognized as a champion for teachers and a global education thought leader.
5/4/202316 minutes, 56 seconds
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ASU+GSV: Fadl, CEO of Nexford University

Fadl and Nexford University are on a mission to solve the world's biggest challenge: education. As a next-generation university, Nexford is set to positively impact millions of lives globally.Nexford’s two core principles are:• A lack of education is the root cause of most global challenges; and• People should be able to access economic opportunities, irrespective of physical locationNexford is partnered with Microsoft, IBM and LinkedIn – who provide tools, courses and programmes to enrich the learning experience. Nexford also uses machine learning and AI to create a data and skills-driven curriculum designed to match employers’ needs.Fadl became an entrepreneur at 18, and has 20 years’ experience founding digital marketing and technology businesses. He founded and managed the MENA region's leading digital engagement agency - its clients included: Fortune 500s, US State Department, International and government organizations.
5/1/202322 minutes, 29 seconds
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Getting Students on the Path to "Hireability" with Nancy Soni of Pathmatch

5/1/202353 minutes, 15 seconds
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ASU+GSV: Marni Baker Stein, CCO of Coursera

Marni Baker Stein is Coursera’s Chief Content Officer, where she oversees the company’s content and credential strategy and partner relationships. Marni has more than 25 years of experience in producing and scaling online and hybrid education programs.Previously, she was provost and chief academic officer at Western Governors University, where she leads WGU’s academic programs, faculty, and teams. She drives the university’s focus on student success.Prior to WGU, she served as chief innovation officer for the University of Texas System’s Institute for Transformational Learning. She also worked as the senior associate dean of Columbia University’s School of Continuing Education, where she oversaw the school’s academic portfolio and was responsible for the development, design, and evaluation of all online and hybrid programs.In August 2016, Stein was selected by the Department of Education to serve as a member of the National Technical Working Group charged with using technology to transform higher education through the expansion of the 2016 National Educational Technology Plan.Stein has a Ph.D. in teaching, learning, and curriculum from the University of Pennsylvania.
4/27/202315 minutes, 51 seconds
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ASU+GSV: Kemi Akinsaya-Rose, Chief Operating Officer of Cambium Learning Group

Kemi Akinsanya-Rose brings more than 20 years of consulting, operations, strategy, marketing, and education technology experience to Cambium. Kemi provides expertise in these areas to help Cambium develop leadership capabilities, scale business opportunities, and accelerate overall performance. Kemi is instrumental in leading Cambium’s overall and business unit objectives in organizational and talent strategy, diversity efforts, program development, and financial operations to expand our nationwide impact on student achievement and teacher professional development.Kemi earned her bachelor’s degree in economics from Northwestern University, her Master of Business Administration from the Wharton School of Business, and a master’s degree in education leadership from the Broad Center at the Yale School of Management. Prior to joining Cambium, Kemi managed a global portfolio of client relationships across various industries where she provided bespoke strategic consulting services, served as the Chief Operating Officer & Chief Diversity Officer of EL Education (formerly Expeditionary Learning), and was the Chief Information Officer at the nation's largest school district, New York City Department of Education. 
4/27/202316 minutes, 42 seconds
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ASU+GSV: Rebecca Agostino, VP of Learning at Multiverse

Rebecca Agostino is the Vice President of Learning at Multiverse, leading the program, coaching and intervention teams for the US region. Previously, she was the founding principal of Freedom Prep High School, a college-preparatory school in Camden, New Jersey, and a special educator in New York City. Rebecca graduated as a Robertson Scholar from Duke University with a BS in Economics; she earned a Master of Teaching from Fordham University and an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
4/27/202317 minutes, 39 seconds
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ASU+GSV: Tiffany Green, CEO and Founder of Uprooted Academy

Tiffany Green is the founder of Uprooted Academy™, an Edtech platform designed to give students courage, confidence, and competitiveness in the college application process. Tiffany is a Black, first-generation Edtech founder merging mental health and college access. She is also an adjunct faculty of undergraduate and graduate psychology and serves as a licensed therapist and college counselor for the world’s only high school that travels the globe. Tiffany earned her graduate degree in counseling psychology from Howard University and became a licensed psychotherapist.   Focusing on her passion for understanding and helping alleviate educational anxiety for students, the college readiness program incorporates mental well-being and social-emotional learning while affirming identity and providing the "cheat code" hidden from low-income, first-generation applicants could be vital in minimizing the social capital, opportunity, and wealth gap.
4/27/202328 minutes, 52 seconds
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Week in Edtech 4/26/23: ASU GSV, AI eats the world, and special guest Jennifer Carolan of Reach Capital

We speak with legendary Edtech investor Jennifer Carolan, Managing Director of Reach Capital, and cover topics like:ASU GSV TakeawaysBen and Alex discuss some of the big takeaways from ASU GSV: Gen AI, Skills-based hiring and assessment +  shorter runways & potential for consolidationAI Tools continue to Proliferate in Edtech: Edtech is going crazy for AI (Josh Bersin)Chegg announces CheggMate, the new AI companion, built with GPT-4Schoolytics: Building an AI Co-teacher for every classroomBrainly Announces Beta Access to New AI FeaturesHiLink Unveils AI-Powered Lesson Planning Feature Purpose-Built for EducatorsLabster Announces Automatic User Experience Upgrade to its Virtual Science Lab Simulation EdTech PlatformWorkera launches Generative AI and ChatGPT benchmarkingThe Edtech Websites That Power LLMs Like ChatGPTInside the secret list of websites that make AI like ChatGPT sound smartWe unpack, via WaPo, which Edtech tools are being used to train Large Language ModelsWikipedia (#2)Scribd (#3)Coursera (#12)Instructables (#15)Wikihow (#41)Edweek (#91)Youtube (#104)Edweek Blogs (#182)Quizlet (#1,447)Udemy (#5165)Skillshare (#14,528)Course Hero (#15,996)Pearson (#16,709)Unacademy (26,507)Chegg (75,565)Kahoot (133,209)Byju’s (330,315)Duolingo (#507,900)Khan Academy (#570,781)Edx (#646,320)Guild Rebrands and ExpandsGuild Unveils New Brand and Product, Evolving Beyond Education to Accelerate Career Mobility for America’s Workforce
4/26/20231 hour, 15 minutes, 23 seconds
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Week in Edtech 4/12/23: ASU GSV, 2U Sues ED, AI Race Goes Global, Alternative Teacher Certifications

On this Week in Edtech, we discuss:1.ChatGPT BeatChatGPT Will Not Replace Teachers But Could Act As A Teaching Assistant *NetEase Youdao Launches ChatGPT Model for Educational ScenarioWhy We Need to Ban ChatGPT in Elementary Schools *Is AI-enabled ChatGPT a boon or a bane for the edtech industry? *Why some college professors are adopting ChatGPT AI as quickly as students Ed tech experts urge caution on ChatGPT’s student data privacy *2. K-12These States Have the Most 'Underqualified' Teachers Stepping in to Fill Open PositionsGovernors Are Pushing for New Spending on K-12. Here’s What’s in Their Plans3. Higher Ed2U sues Education Department over third-party guidanceAmericans Are Losing Faith in College Education, WSJ-NORC Poll FindsHow America Started to Fall Out of Love With College DegreesMore than a third of community college students have vanished4. ASU GSV is next week!
4/12/202347 minutes, 9 seconds
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Interview with Past ASU GSV Cup Winners: Kibo School (2022) and Symba (2021)

4/10/202335 minutes, 7 seconds
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Artificial vs. Human Intelligence with Mathematician/Author/Edtech Head of Product Junaid Mubeen

Junaid Mubeen is a mathematician turned educator who has spent over a decade working on innovative learning technologies, reaching students of all ages and abilities from around the world as Head of Product and Director of Education at Whizz Education, and COO of Write the World. Junaid has a DPhil in Mathematics from Oxford and a Masters in Education from Harvard, where he studied as a Kennedy Scholar. Junaid is also the author of “Mathematical Intelligence: A Story of Human Superiority Over Machines”, and is currently working with bestselling science author Simon Singh on developing the world's largest online maths circle, parallel.org.uk. He once earned fleeting fame as a Countdown series winner.  Junaid's Recommended Resources:Parallel by Simon Singh (Online math universe for ages 10-16)The End of Education by Neil Postman
4/3/20231 hour, 2 minutes, 34 seconds
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Inside Edtech Recruiting with Jess Weems Thibault of HireEdu

Jess Weems Thibault is the VP of Growth at HireEdu, a talent recruitment firm dedicated to the Edtech industry. Jess is also an educator, marketer, and entrepreneur, who has an MBA from the University of Wisconsin, a master’s degree in Secondary Science Education and a Bachelor of Science in Resource Economics and Plant & Soil Science from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Before moving into marketing and growth leadership, Jess spent over a decade working with middle and high school aged youth in various capacities and giving herself a crash course in small, creative business management. Recommended Resources:To Sell Is Human, Daniel PinkLindsay Reno's Transitioning Teachers (into Edtech) GSV N2K NewsletterMatthew Tower, Edtech Thoughts
3/27/202352 minutes, 26 seconds
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Week in Edtech 3/26/23: Big Tech Goes all in on AI, Pearson Sells OPM, Rise of Homeschooling & Skill-Based Hiring

Join us at ASU GSV!This week on the pod:1) Big Tech Goes All in On AILaunch of Google BardAdobe launches Firefly generative A.I., which lets users type to edit imagesMicrosoft launches Loop, a Notion competitor+ ChatGPT in Education:Where Is the ‘AI Conundrum’ in Education Headed?We Can’t Keep ChatGPT Out of the Classroom, so Let’s Address the ‘Why’Inside the Quest to Detect (and Tame) ChatGPT2) Pearson sells OPM Division/OPM RegulationPearson Sells Its OPM Business  (PhilOnEdTech)When universities slap their names on for-profit coding boot camps 3) How Has COVID Changed Public Schooling?Public School Enrollment Dropped by 1.2M During the PandemicNew Mexico terminates 1:1 online tutoring contract with Paper5 pandemic-era technologies schools don’t want to give up4) Skills-Based Hiring On the RiseAccredible Announces the Launch of Skills Pathways REPORT: How Skills Are Disrupting Work Global Survey of 37k School Students Reveals Desire to Modernize Education5) The Myth of Education as an Equalizer: Book ReviewThe Myth of Education as Equalizer Funding/M&A:BREAKING: Workera's $23m Series BGlider AI raises $10M Almentor raises $10M Trala Raises $8 MillionAG5 raises €6 millionUpduo raises $4MMaqsad Secures $2.8 MillionVitalSource Acquires AkademosQuottly Joins Parchment 
3/27/202353 minutes
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Week in EdTech, 3/20/23: ChatGPT 4 and Khanmigo with Kristen DiCerbo, Global EdTech News, TikTok, and Teacher Shortages

ChatGPT 4Hear from Kristen DiCerbo, Chief Learning Officer at Khan Academy, about KhanmigoDuolingo MaxReadleePaperBarnes and NoblePhotoStudyGlobal EdtechLEAD Completes Acquisition Of Pearson’s IndiaupGrad crosses 22,000 job placementsEdtech startup uLesson starts an Open UniversityThe Rise of EdTech In SEE
3/22/202355 minutes, 16 seconds
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Strategies for Engaging Online Learners with John Gamba and Thaddeus Reichley

John Gamba is a serial entrepreneur and graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, John Gamba, Jr has been dedicated to transforming education for most of his career. In 1999, John co-founded PACE – The Partnership for Academic and Community Excellence. PACE was the first school-to-home communications network, connecting thousands of schools to millions of homes nationally and was eventually sold to Blackboard, an international industry leader in education. John currently serves as Entrepreneur in Residence and Director of Innovative Programs at Penn’s Graduate School of Education. In this role, John mentors education entrepreneurs, helps incubate new EdTech ventures and oversees the Milken-Penn GSE Education Business Plan Competition, which has awarded millions of dollars to world-wide education ventures.Thaddeus Reichley has over twenty years of teaching and leading in public, charter, and independent schools. He has designed curriculum, led faculty through challenging times, done strategic development, and built highly productive teams. Thaddeus is completing an EdD at USC and is in the midst of writing his dissertation about student engagement in online environments.Recommended ResourcesAlan November, Who Owns the Learning?John Doerr, Measure What MattersStanford + Emeritus' Collaboration
3/20/202357 minutes, 1 second
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How Edtech Fuels the Homeschooling Revolution with John Edelson of Time4Learning

John Edelson founded homeschooling platform Time4Learning in 2013 in his living room and remains the president today. Over 360,000 students have now benefited from Time4Learning. He also created Time4Writing, VocabularySpellingCity, and Science4Us. His company was run independently until joining Cambium in 2018. He has extensive expertise working with various educational software, diversified entertainment, and technology companies. He was the producer of the Sony PlayStation game, Croc, Legend of the Gobos, which went Platinum. After college, he spent two years in West Africa in the Peace Corps. He is a proud father of three. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Yale and an MBA from Harvard.  
3/13/202358 minutes, 33 seconds